First driverless car road test in Europe takes place in Newham

PUBLISHED: 13:19 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:23 28 February 2017

Nissan tested a driverless car in Newham (Picture: Nissan)

Nissan tested a driverless car in Newham (Picture: Nissan)


We’ve already got driverless trains weaving their way around our borough – but what about driverless cars?

The test was the first to take place on public roads in EuropeThe test was the first to take place on public roads in Europe

The streets of Newham played host to a prototype autonomous drive vehicle yesterday – the first time Nissan has demonstrated its technology on public roads in Europe.

People sitting in the passenger and rear seats were given the opportunity to experience the technology, which consists of millimetre wave radar, laser scanners, cameras, high-speed computer chips, and a specialized human machine interface.

This helps allow the vehicle to operate in an autonomous manner on different types of roads once the destination points are entered into the navigation system.

Takao Asami, senior vice president, research and advanced engineering at Nissan, said: “Innovation and ingenuity is at the heart of the Nissan brand and its people.

“This test of Nissan’s forthcoming autonomous drive technology in the demanding conditions of London streets underlines our commitment to delivering Nissan Intelligent Mobility to our customers.”

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